Date: Dec 7, 2015

Wound care experts agree that a test for bacterial protease activity (BPA) may provide clinical and economic benefits

In an article published in Wounds International Journal (2015, Vol 6, No 4, pages 22-28), leading wound care experts conclude that a new point of care test for bacterial protease activity (BPA), being developed to identify wounds in which bacteria may delay healing, may assist clinicians in determining when interventions to reduce bacterial burden are indicated, particularly in chronic wounds with no obvious signs of infection.

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The article, which included a proposed clinical pathway incorporating the test, further discussed the potential of the test to help clinicians target antimicrobial therapies and help reduce usage of systemic antibiotics.